Jennie Magiera


Jennie Magiera

Courageous Edventures


Courageous Edventures

The early innovators are out innovating, but what about the many who hope to follow on their own adventure? These educators often feel the pull, but hesitate due to the obstacles along the way. This talk charts a course to identify and navigate around those obstacles so everyone can find the courage to journey into the limitless possibilities of the unknown — and discover their own version of classroom innovation. After all, everyone can be an edventurer!

Power to the Pupil

We talk about how important it is to innovate in the classroom and give more agency to our students. But how do you take that first step? And what do you do if you’ve already “killed creativity”? What does real, true student agency look like when it moves beyond the 60 minutes of Genius Hour and becomes a pervasive part of your classroom culture? This talk will explore how to take those first steps towards transforming your classroom and how to use bright spots to lead the way.

And What If…

Great progress and innovation is made when brave individuals take big risks. As educators we need to be willing to embrace the chance of failure, and make leaps into the unknown for the sake of our students. So how do we suspend doubts, navigate expectations from school systems, parents and leaders while exploring emerging and new technologies? Why is it important to think big and take moonshots? In this keynote, Jennie will share stories and examples of how you can be a moonshot thinker, fail bigger and make a change – from any place in a school.

Inner City Innovation: Taking risks in high-risk situations

There are many great stories of innovation happening in education, but too rarely are these coming from public schools serving high needs communities. The educators dedicated to these students often shy away from taking risks as they must dedicate their focus towards other challenges. However high risk situations like these call for taking the biggest risks of all.

About Jennie

Jennie Magiera is the Chief Program Officer for EdTechTeam. Prior to joining EdTechTeam, she was the Chief Innovation Officer Des Plaines Public School District 62 and previously the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Chicago Public Schools teacher. Jennie uses her classroom experiences to inform her work supporting educators to create new and better opportunities for their students. She believes that despite the many challenges facing schools today, every classroom can be a place for “edventures”: student-centered, passion-based experiential learning. Her work centers around acknowledging problems and finding innovative ways to navigate them so as to allow teachers and students dive into these classroom edventures.

Jennie is also passionate about reimagining professional learning to facilitate more relevant teacher support. She has served on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founded various new conference concepts such as PLAYDATE. She has been recognized for her work as a White House Champion for Change, Chicago Public Schools Innovator of the Year, TEDx Speaker, Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, and featured on various programs such as NBC’s Education Nation, C-SPAN’s Reimagining Education and NPR.

Jennie shares her experiences taking risks in the classroom and helping others to feel comfortable doing the same in her book, Courageous Edventures. You can follow her on Twitter at @MsMagiera and learn more about her work and her book at

Jennie holds a B.A. from Columbia University in Psychology and History and a M.S. in Mathematics Education from University of Illinois-Chicago. Aside from her students, her great loves in life are sci-fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband.

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